- An exmaple of origin is when an idea comes to you when you sleep.
- An example of origin is the ground where oil comes from.
- An example of origin is your ethnic background.
Origin is the start, center or beginning of something or the place where a person comes from.
- a coming into existence or use; beginning
- parentage; birth; lineage
- [often pl.] that in which something has its beginning; source; root; cause
- Anat. the less movable of the two points of attachment of a muscle, usually the end attached to the more rigid part of the skeleton
- in a system of Cartesian coordinates, the point at which the axes intersect; base point where the abscissa and ordinate equal zero
- any zero reference point from which measurement begins
Origin of originMiddle English origyne from Middle French origine from Classical Latin origo (gen. originis) from oriri, to rise: see orient
- The point at which something comes into existence or from which it derives or is derived.
- often origins Ancestry: “We cannot escape our origins, however hard we try” ( James Baldwin )
- The fact of originating; rise or derivation: The rumor had its origin in an impulsive remark.
- Anatomy The point of attachment of a muscle that remains relatively fixed during contraction.
- Mathematics The point of intersection of coordinate axes, as in the Cartesian coordinate system.
Origin of originMiddle English origine ancestry from Latin orīgō orīgin- from orīrī to arise, be born ; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.
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These nouns signify the point at which something originates. Origin is the point at which something comes into existence: The origins of some words are unknown. When origin refers to people, it means parentage or ancestry: “He came . . . of mixed French and Scottish origin” (Charlotte Brontë). Inception is the beginning, as of an action or process: The researcher was involved in the project from its inception. Source signifies the point at which something springs into being or from which it derives or is obtained: “The mysterious . . . is the source of all true art and science” (Albert Einstein). Root often denotes what is considered the fundamental cause of or basic reason for something: “Lack of money is the root of all evil” (George Bernard Shaw).
- The beginning of something.
- The source of a river, information, goods, etc.
- (mathematics) The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect.
- (anatomy) The proximal end of attachment of a muscle to a bone that will not be moved by the action of that muscle.
- (cartography) An arbitrary point on the earth's surface, chosen as the zero for a system of coordinates.
- (in the plural) Ancestry.